Middle East Calling

A MODEST PROPOSAL FOR A VIABLE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
It is a well-known fact that efforts to establish a lasting peace in the Middle East have been far from being fruitful.
My name is Gülce Odaman, I am seventeen-years old. My name is Yağız Yeşildağ, I am eighteen-years old.
Unfortunately the Middle East is still equated with these pictures.
We have been working on this project for a long time. A brief historical analysis has led us to a conclusion that there could be an everlasting peace in the region. We started this project, which objectivity is a must, with our sincere, modest, deep-rooted belief in its reliability. We have no prejudice, no bias, no stereotyping, and no accusation. We aim at synthesizing our findings and seeking a reasonable solution to end a decade-long feud.
Keeping in mind that the region is the scene of instability, conflicts, and several other complicated issues with the Palestine issue at the core, we believe that all people of the Middle East do have the same historical rights in the region. We defend that, this is almost a century-old problem can be solved only by establishing a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine. With this on mind, we launched our project with a field study in Jerusalem, a unique location where numerous cultures, faiths and religious sects co-exist. In addition, we have composed a peace song “Middle East Calling” and got it recorded and shared it with singers, Alicia Keys and Idan Raichel. We also shared our impressions of Jerusalem, interviews and visits, the video clip of our song and visuals through social media.
Despite the endless fighting and bloodshed, it should be possible to hold political discussions for a new, peaceful resolution of the conflict in the region. One might point out the absurdity of talking of peace when people are dying in masses or question the wisdom of peace when even ceasing fire is so elusive. However, it is a fact that projects are formed and devised to meet needs. People need a peace project desperately when they especially feel the pangs of war most. Once peace has been established, it can trigger a butterfly effect for resolution of the other regional problems.
During our exploration of the cultural fabric the old city, we not only interviewed the civilians and religious leaders, but also Christopher Gadrey, the director of the European Commission Office, Hay Cohen, a political scientist from Tel Aviv University, and a journalist, Rafael Sadi.
Our findings led us to design a five-step peace model based upon the facts, needs and demands of the region and the people. Although some other ready-made, one-size-fits-all peace plans and projects have been proposed and imposed, they have failed as they disregarded the facts of the Middle East. We conclude that unless both sides come together and discuss what is to be done honestly, clearly and peacefully, a viable solution will not be possible. We have adopted the principles of political science and managed to put together the views and demands of both sides for a healthy peace-making process. Therefore we can claim that our model has the potential to satisfy both sides.
Provided that political actors and decision makers embrace our model on a common ground with a holistic and strategic approach, we can be optimistic about a peaceful and bright future for the Middle East. If given a chance, our project can ensure not only regional but also global peace and welfare.

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